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Atomic Bomb Physical Damage, Nagasaki, 01/23/1946 - 01/28/1946


Published January 23, 1946


  National Archives  description "9' LS Showing in the foreground the failure of girder and bracing due to fire, in background shows fire damage to large storage tank. 9' MC Pan from base to upper section of bent column showing structural collapse brought on by blast pressure. Column is bent toward the S on the SE side of building A. 8' LS Of building I located 4300 feet from zero at 358 degrees to 1 degrees looking W on S wall of building, this view shows complete displacement of S wall and roof. 9' MC Looking W along S wall of building I as seen from the SW corner this view shows the location of the original wall, as well as its present displacement. 9' LS Looking W at the NE corner of building I showing the structural damage inflicted on the building and the extent the N wall has been bowed. 10' LS Of the E wall of building I showing structural collapse and the degree the main member has been displaced. 10' MS Taken from the E wall looking W along the main beam of building I showing the extent to which it has been distorted and structural damage inflicted upon main roof members. 9' MS Taken from the center of second bay from S wall looking E showing the collapsed S wall superimposed on torpedo components. 10' LS Of inside of N wall looking W showing bow of wall and work benches along N side of building L. 9' CU Of tail assembly of torpedo still in assembly blocks in fourth bay of S wall, about 100 feet from W wall of the building. 12' LS Of the SW corner of building I looking E at the displaced S wall. 10' LS Of building K taken from SE corner showing concrete walls still standing but roof collapsed. Building K is a light reinforced structure and is located 4200 feet from zero at 359 degrees. 15' MS Pan shot taken in interior of building K at a point where the NS fire wall joins the S wall of the building, this is a view looking NE across the E section of building K and shows a piece of heavy equipment, probably a compressor, which has been displaced from its foundation as a result of the structural collapse of the roof. 9' LS Taken on the N side of building looking E and shows the manner in which the blast affected the steel casement window frames on the N side of building K or on the side farthest from zero. The steel casement window frames in some cases were completely blown out of their original position and in other cases were badly bowed, despite the protection which building L afforded building K. 10' LS Of the W quarter of building I looking N from building K showing structural damage to four separate members on the W end of building I, as well as redisplacement and complete failure of S wall. 7' MS Of the interior of building K taken from SW corner of building looking NE showing roof members superimposed on the track normally traversed by an overhead crane. 10' MS A white marble tombstone located on the N edge of cemetery located on the crest of the Motomachi slope showing the effect of blast. White granite headstone marked Margarita Boroni. 9' CS Showing the W side of the monument. The capstone and the pedestal have been knocked from the base. The stone base on which the main pedestal rested has been moved. 10' MCS From W side of monument showing the movement of one block across the top of the base. 10' MS Interior of unidentified building (USSBS Target J) showing the steel frame roof, minus its galvanized roofing, note the mass of debris inside the building. 9' MCU Rubble strewn interior of building, note the electric generators. 11' MLS Near zero, a group of school children led by their teacher are shown walking under a Torui arch. 9' LS Post a zero point. Post is approx. 1/3 of the way into the frame. The Catholic Cathedral is in the upper R corner of the frame. Shot approx. 300 feet from zero at 300 degrees looking E. Rubble in the foreground. 10' MLS Of zero showing two new houses in the background being constructed about 200 feet behind the post marked zero. This shot taken looking due N. 9' MCU Of two women with heavy bundles strapped to their backs walking along retainer wall E of zero approx. 150 feet. Camera pans to woman as she approaches and they exit frame L. 12' LS Pan from L to R showing in the foreground debris. Taken from zero facing W. Chenzei School in the background. Action in the foreground of carts and people traveling along the road. 8' MLS Taken from zero looking E. In upper R corner can be seen the Cathedral. Pan along the retainer wall to a couple of children playing. 14' MLS Taken from zero looking E. In upper R corner can be seen the Cathedral. Pan along the levee to two children playing and a continued pan down to the bridge over a small stream (retake of above scene). 9' LS Of dirt road leading to Cathedral approx. 200 feet from zero in a N direction at approx. 300 degrees. Showing houses under construction on the L and debris and man on bike going down the road toward the bridge. 12' LS Pan of Shirayama School, 1500 feet from zero at 75 degrees. 9' LS Deaf and Dumb Institute, 1800 feet from zero at 32 degrees. 10' LS Side of the hill under the Nagasaki Prison showing several dugouts, 400 feet from zero at 350 degrees. 10' MLS Looking E along EW wall that has collapsed forward to the N, 75 feet from zero at 300 degrees. 14' MCU Looking NE along retainer wall 100 feet from zero at 60 degrees. Also a CU of above. 5' CU Of ditch along the retainer wall showing debris and a Japanese flag hanging on a strand of barbed wire, approx. 75 feet from zero at 52 degrees. 6' MLS Of a stone staircase leading up to retainer wall having flash burn on stone. Taken approx. 125 feet from zero at 70 degrees. 5' CU SW corner of stone staircase showing the contrast between flash burned area and original color of the stone, approx. 125 feet from zero at 70 degrees. 8' CU Of rock that has fallen off staircase and is laying on the ground next to the stairs. This shot shows the effect of flash burn on the rock in comparison to the original color. 9' MLS Taken from top of retaining wall looking down toward S on staircase approx. 200 feet from zero at 65 degrees. 8' MLS Reverse angle of stairway looking N. 12' LS Showing bulge in retainer wall as effected by blast. From W. 150 feet from zero at 75 degrees. 8' LS Of bowed staircase leading up to the retaining wall approx. 300 feet from zero at 92 degrees taken in a position 50 feet W of stairway looking directly at it. 9' LS Of prison wall and hillside 300 feet from zero at 15 degrees. 11' LS Of bulge in wall as result of blast, 250 feet from zero at 45 degrees. 7' MCU Same as above. 7' LS Of remains of a bridge across a small stream. Four bolts that are bent stick up where they joined the floor of the bridge. Located 245 feet from zero at 45 degrees, taken looking due E. 9' MCU Of remains of a bridge 245 feet from zero at 45 degrees looking E. 9' Retake of above scene. 10' LS Of ledge running alongside of hill upper R can be seen the prison wall, small children picking up firewood and on the trees can be seen flash burn. 8' MCU Children picking up firewood taken from a bridge 205 feet from zero at 15 degrees. 12' Taken from zero looking NE showing in the foreground a small garden and bridge to the L of the frame can be seen a newly constructed home. 10' MLS Pan of gate R to L showing R post leaning E and L one intact. A bank of dirt protects the one post. 8' CU Showing cement gate post and its foundation, it has fallen E. 8' LS Showing a concrete building that is gutted. In the background are trees that have fallen to the E. In the foreground are trees stripped of their branches and also rubble of the building. 7' LS Looking across rubble of building from SE corner of school grounds to the NE corner showing brick foundation of building in foreground. In the background are two concrete buildings which have been gutted. The one on the L has the roof collapsed, the one on the R has a flat concrete roof which is still intact. 9' CU Of oven door, first of three from E end of building V showing the manner in which the door was bowed by the blast. The outer portion of the door was composed of 1/8 inch steel plate backed by approx. 3 inches of insulating material and capped on the rear face by 1/8 inch steel plate. 6' CU Of oven door, second of three from E end, with L door open and undistorted, while the R door, which was in a closed position at the time of detonation shows the effect of blast. The interior of the ovens shows the collapse of the oven roof. 5' CU Of oven door, third of three from E end. The doors, which were in a closed position at the time of the blast are photographed in an open position in order to show extent of bowing, the construction and the thickness. 10' LS Of the E end of building V looking W from the road that forms the boundary of Mitsubishi Urakami Ordnance Plant. This view shows the main center section of building V with the structure leaning toward the N. 8' LS Of SE corner of building W located 4600 feet from zero at 16 degrees, showing two round towers which were housed in a wooden frame structure, building B, used for tar distillation. The wooden frame structure was completely removed by the blast but neither of the round conical top brick towers was seriously damaged. 8' CU Of radial crack in building B-X. These brick towers were approx. 8 feet in diameter, built around an iron core, the actual brick work was approx. 1/4 inch thick with approx. one foot of space between inside of brick wall and outer side of iron core. The purpose of this view is to contrast the amount of damage done through various shaped structures the same direction and equal distance from zero. Building W was a light steel frame structure with corrugated sides and roof. 9' LS Taken across rubble of brick building on N side of School grounds. Only the brick foundation remains. The ruins of the Catholic Church are in the background. 8' MLS Showing a collapsed gable end which was 8 inch reinforced concrete that was formerly part of the wall. It is on the E end of the building taken from the S side looking NW. 5' LS OF 6 inch reinforced concrete wall, 125 feet long and 15 feet high running N and S. It has been cracked on N end and completely collapsed on S end. Wall is on the NE corner of School ground. 5' LS Same as above, reverse angle. 5' MLS Of steel ladder running up wall of concrete building showing most of the top end of the ladder showing how it has twisted to the E. The ladder is, however, comparatively straight. 6' CU Of bend in ladder, this is the same ladder shown above. 7' MLS Of a ladder on another building which shows the ladder bent more so than the ladder above. 6' CU Showing extreme top of the ladder with twist in it. This is the same ladder in above scene. 10' MS A two storied reinforced concrete building which lies due W approx. 1700 feet from zero. Camera position is inside Medical College grounds. Two takes. 9' MC Small two storied building 1775 feet from zero showing the flash burn which extends underneath the overhanging ledge. Just above the upper most windows. Note the flash burn which extends down the wall and follows the drain pipe. This building is located on the E side of the grounds approx. 1775 feet from zero. Looking N. 10' MLS Looking due W from a point 1800 feet from zero at 270 degrees, effect shot showing weird shots of trees. 9' Camera location 1700 feet from zero which covers an area which extends from 30 degrees to 80 degrees to 2000 feet from zero. The scene is taken looking due N from the Medical School. In the foreground, overturned concrete pillars, felled trees and rubble lying around, and demolished buildings. As the pan starts we see in the foreground rubble, trees and continues from L to R showing the Urakami Cathedral, Deaf and Dumb Institute, and the Engineering School. 9' Interior of the building which lies approx. 1700 feet from zero. Laboratory interior, splintered wood and equipment. 7' MCU Of a window opening on N side of building G located in the outer part of Medical School located 1600 feet from zero at 100 degrees, showing steel window casement lying on the inside of the building. The wall in which the window is located was constructed of concrete. 11' MLS Showing W wall of building G on inside showing manner in which section of wall between two windows has been cracked and bowed in. The wall was reinforced concrete. A MCU and CU was taken of the same scene to show in more detail the failure of the wall. 45' MS General vicinity along the main road running N and S. Scenes of women carrying large bundles of firewood on their backs, groups of men and women walking past camera. Ox cart, bicycles, and children. 49' Misc. scenes of a group of children walking from their shanty type home on a hillside not far from zero. The children are shown in the various poses. As they walk, they are eating apples which the obliged cameraman gave them. Various angles using different length lens, several retakes, reading L to R: *Fukahori, Asaki (age 5); *Fukahori, Sadako (age 14); Mukai, Shisuko (age 8); #Fukahori, Michiko (age 8); and *Fukahori, Sumiko (age 7). Sisters (*), not related (#). 14' CU Of children and their expressions. In one of the takes, the small child on L lost her sandal and runs back to get it, then she joins the other children who are resting along the limb of a tree which was blasted by the bomb, Taken on a hill road that leads to the entrance to Nagasaki Medical School, looking almost due N to NE, approx.1200 feet from zero. 16' MS MC CS Of laborers removing ruptured water mains. Misc shots of activity. Scenes of women laborers. Taken along dirt run which runs E /W approx. 700 feet from zero. 8' Short scenes which show a group of Japanese men working on a large safe which was badly burned in the destruction of the city." National Archives Identifier: 64458

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Run time 20 minutes 46 seconds
Producer United States. Army Air Forces
Audio/Visual silent, color
Language English

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